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See how Patrick Cantlay hit a fantastic shot from behind a tree to win Shriners Hospital for Childrens Open in the second playoff hole, with advice from PGA Professional Lou Guzzi.
Avoid the Wrong Shot in Your Short Game
As we all know, the short game is where we score or try to score that low number. But for many high handicappers, this is where their problems really start.
26 Oct 2010 - 3:30pm - 0 Comments
To Chip or Pitch
Any golfer wishing to lower his or her scores needs to learn how to control the ball's height and speed around the green. This key aspect of the short game is largely determined by a player's knowledge of two important shots -- the chip-and-run and the pitch.
26 Oct 2010 - 3:26pm - 1 Comments
Developing Feel in Your Short Game
Too often, students will ask me what the best club is to use for a basic chip shot, for example.
26 Oct 2010 - 3:21pm - 0 Comments
Better Chipping
We've all had days when the swing felt perfect and our scores reflected that confidence. But unfortunately, we all know the days where the swing feels out of sorts and the scorecard reflects that as well.
26 Oct 2010 - 3:17pm - 0 Comments
Basics of Putting
Harvey Penick once said: "A man who can't putt is a match for no one, a man who can is a match for anyone."
26 Oct 2010 - 3:09pm - 0 Comments
You Can't Score if You Can't Putt
I know, I've been there. As I was attempting to play the PGA Tour in the 70's, all the players that I knew would spend hours upon hours hitting balls with full swings. Some would spend some time practicing the "short game".
26 Oct 2010 - 3:03pm - 1 Comments
The Plane Truth About Putting
Some well-known putting gurus will preach about the importance of the putting "arc." Other renowned teachers will preach "straight back and straight through." Confused? So which is it? And what does the distinction mean?
26 Oct 2010 - 2:55pm - 2 Comments
The Eyes Have It
We all miss more putts than we think we should. A lot of times it is simply due to the fact that our eyes are out of position.
26 Oct 2010 - 2:52pm - 2 Comments
Dear Diary, I'm Getting Better
Ben Hogan wrote, "I find it is helpful if I jot down after practice exactly what I have been working on and precisely how it was coming along." Many professional golfers today keep notes on their swings and what they are working on, including Vijay Singh.
26 Oct 2010 - 2:12pm - 0 Comments
Hello Hybrids!
One of the biggest changes in golf equipment in recent years has been the switch from long irons (#s 2-4) to the hybrid clubs. Technological changes in both clubs and balls made this come about, and almost by necessity.
26 Oct 2010 - 1:58pm - 6 Comments
Three 'Musts' for a Smooth Takeaway
1. Grip Points to Belt Buckle Since the takeaway follows from the set-up, a proper address can correct errors before they happen.
26 Oct 2010 - 1:52pm - 0 Comments
Get in Alignment
To properly align yourself to your target, you should always see four parallel lines from your address position. The first two are relatively simple. These are found by envisioning a set of railroad tracks.
26 Oct 2010 - 1:47pm - 0 Comments
Three Simple Steps to Consistency
Most of us have had the experience of waking up and going through a normal morning, and as soon as you are ready to head out the door, you can't find your keys.
26 Oct 2010 - 1:32pm - 0 Comments
A Solid Preshot Routine is a Must for Good Golf
Do you have a Pre-Shot Routine? Do you know it? So many golfers have a Pre-Shot Routine for most golf shots but don't even know what their routine is when asked in a lesson.
26 Oct 2010 - 1:26pm - 0 Comments
Don't 'Come On Over'
Even with the best fundamentals, it's too easy to get quick with the start of the downswing when we are trying to hit it extra hard or because we're a bit nervy.
26 Oct 2010 - 11:52am - 0 Comments
Casting Recall: Stop the Power Loss
One of the most common errors that I see when giving lessons is the person who "casts" the club from the top to start the downswing. The shots that result are usually in two categories. First, there is the person who takes a divot that starts about a foot before getting to the ball.
26 Oct 2010 - 11:33am - 0 Comments
Good Driving Depends on Good Positions
Hitting solid tee shots with the driver is very important to playing and scoring well. The tee shot sets up the hole.
26 Oct 2010 - 11:19am - 0 Comments
Drills To Help You Drive Better
Hitting your driver well is a combination of physical skill, mental concentration and confidence. This is easier to obtain on the driving range, then move it to a non-competitive playing environment. If you struggle as you continue, here are some tips for working on your driver:
26 Oct 2010 - 11:03am - 4 Comments
Beat Fairway Bunkers
It is one of the most dreaded shots in golf, but it doesn't have to be: The Fairway Bunker. Here is a quick five step plan to help you out when you find the sand from off the tee. Apply these suggestions and your fairway bunker shots are bound to improve:
26 Oct 2010 - 10:49am - 0 Comments